Hey, you ruined the mount. Couldn’t you have asked him to turn broadside while he charged at you?
@Randy FHey, you ruined the mount. Couldn’t you have asked him to turn broadside while he charged at you?
Seriously though, that’s a heck of a shot under pressure. Well done.
Without a doubt.
@Randy FWithout a doubt.
It’s one thing to say you can do it. We all assume we could. It’s quite another for those of us who haven’t been tested as certain death (by rather nasty painful causes) bears down at high speed only feet away.
My hat’s off to all of you who have done it. I love to read about them all on this forum from cats to buffalo, pigs to elephants.
I hope I never have to find out if I can do it.
The closest I’ve come is a bluff by a black bear. I stood my ground and thankfully didn’t have to make the shot. But that doesn’t mean I completed the process with clean pants.
The only other time was when I had a white tail doe rear up in front of my because I had accidentally walked too close to her fawn while turkey hunting. That time I ran like a little girl.
@Randy FThanks I’ll check it out.
I think for most it’s it’s probably less a question of bravery than experience level and preparedness. When it happens, I’m sure it quickly becomes less a choice but, as you say, survival. I’d guess most on this forum have hunted most of their lives and although experience levels may vary, they likely wouldn’t be in that situation if they weren’t confident in their abilities and experience to count on them when the time comes to react. As maybe reflex. They are in the situation because they’re actually looking for game, and know what the risks are in the first place. But you still have to place the shot whether or not you stand your ground. That has to be an unforgettably intense moment. That is impressive to me.
Wow. Well there you are, experience and preparedness. There is no way for you to have discovered that without them. Because of those things and your willingness, you became not only capable but the the go-to guy. Thanks for sharing.@Randy F
I will share my own fear with you - Having to hunt a Royal Bengal tiger during the daytime .
I am often asked by apprentice Probem Animal Control Officers “ Are you more afraid of hunting Royal Bengal tigers during the daytime , or during nighttime ? “ . My answer is always , without hesitation “ Daytime “ . Upon hearing this , many question my assessment but I do believe that an explanation is in order . Suppose it is daytime , and a group of beaters have a Royal Bengal tiger surrounded . You approach the scene ; rifle in hand . The beaters point at the Royal Bengal tiger for you and ask you to shoot it . As soon as you make eye contact with the Royal Bengal tiger , it will ignore everyone else and attack you ( the person armed with the rifle ) right away .
This is strangely not the case , during nighttime . As a young man prior to 1974 ( when Royal Bengal tigers were still formally not recognized as a legally protected species in Bangladesh ) , I used to spend my entire nights chasing and shooting Royal Bengal tigers in the Sundarban mangrove forests . On some occasions , I would see three Royal Bengal tigers lying down and I would shoot two of them to death at point blank range . The third one ( even after locking eyes with me ) would refrain from attacking me and would simply bound off into the foliage . For some reason , Royal Bengal tigers are far less aggressive during the nighttime than they are during the day .
@shooter50Cant imagine hunting tigers at night. On a car/jeep with a spotlight yes. But on foot at night a big NO